CAMPTON HILLS – Brian Larsen said he was at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago last weekend, looking at the tigers, when two people came up to him, recognizing him from his family’s appearance on ABC-TV’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight.”
“They said, ‘You’re Brian from the Larsen Light Show,’” he said, adding that they told him that his show was better than the zoo’s light show.
There is still time to check out the show, which is at Larsen’s home at 42W891 Beith Road in Campton Hills. Because of a snowy holiday season – and because there was some confusion over the new parking lot Larsen put in to help accommodate the cars that crowd Beith Road every year – he has decided to extend the show.
Typically, Larsen would shut down the show by Jan. 2. Instead, he is extending it through Sunday. It will run from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. both today and Sunday, into the early hours of Monday.
Larsen has been putting on the show for years. The huge display features 1 million LED lights, as well as 2,400 strobe lights, 26 cosmic ribbons, 23 mini trees and 16 dancing hoops, among other highlights. It is synchronized to music that can be heard by drivers on their car’s radio on 88.5-FM. The show earned national notoriety when it won its segment of the ABC-TV show, earning the Larsens a $50,000 award.
The 40-car parking lot was a significant change this year, and Larsen said the idea was to ease congestion on Beith Road, where cars will pull to the side of the road as they slowly ease forward as others leave the area. Larsen was asking for a $7 donation for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, but he stressed that payment wasn’t required. Larsen said he went out to direct traffic at times.
“People weren’t required to donate, and they never have been,” Larsen said.
He said some visitors said they sat through long waits, and that others said they didn’t go because they didn’t want to drive on snow-covered roads. So he decided to extend the show’s run.
He said he has received feedback indicating that people consider the show a tradition, and he appreciated the kind words he has heard from visitors.
“That’s why we do it,” he said.
The Larsen Light Show will run from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. today and Sunday. The show is at 42W891 Beith Road in Campton Hills.